Here is 7 bad habits that can cause your belly fat. Make sure to do the opposite so you can shape up and lose those unsightly bulges as fast as possible.
Drinking carbonated drinks regularly
Have habit of drinking 1 – 2 cans of soft drinks each day? Then you certaintly not being kind to your own body. According to research, consuming 1 or 2 cans of soda per day can increase your waistline at least 5 times faster than those who barely drink 1 a week. The simple reason is that carbonated drinks contain very high amount of sugar that trigger your craving of food, then you end up eating more than you should during mealtimes.
And also, diet sodas aren’t any better than regular one, because instead of sugar, its contain load of artificial sweeteners, which can increase your appetite as much as sugar does.
So if you have craving of satisfying drink, choose a fresh fruit juices, a healthy smoothies or just a glass of water with lemon and mint leaves.
Using a larger plate at mealtime
Whether it’s a buffet dinner or just a regular meal at home, try to not use a large plate at mealtime. According to research, obese people always prefer larger plate over smaller of medium-sized ones. With a large plate, it will have more space for their foods. And that will definitely cause belly fat.
So, to avoid this bad habit, make it a point to use a small or medium-sized plates and try to not go back for seconds when you’re already had enough.
Eating dinner late
While it’s true that your body naturally burns some fat as you sleep, it might not be able to efficiently dl so when you go to bed with a full stomach. Not only cause belly fat, eating late then go to bed also increase a risk of acid reflux and indigestion.
To avoid this habit, consider eating smaller meals at night and don’t go to bed for at least 3 hours after dinner. In case you feel hungry at night, try some fresh fruits instead of sweet desserts to satisfy your craving.
Eating when sad, angry and upset
Find yourself eating absent – mindedly when your emotions get in trouble? You may have clear that emotional eating doesn’t make you feel better, it can only increase your belly fat. So next time try to snap out of it before end up with a double cheeseburger and fries.
The best way to against this response of stress is by drinking some water, talking with friend, taking a relaxing walk or trying some workout exercises. Whatever activity you choose, it will help you stop yourself from loading up on extra calories.
Consuming low-fat foods more often
Some people assume that high fat foods lead to more belly fat. But the truth is, some monounsaturated fat are not bad for you. Healthy foods such as avocados, olive oil and seeds work well in eliminating belly fat.
Also the low-fat foods have a very high sugar content. And you know what that mean, the more sugar you have in your body, the more fat storing.
Not getting enough protein in your daily diet
Generally, a healthy adults should consume at least 20 – 25 grams of protein in each meal, depends on your activity level and body size. Also a men in particular should get an additional 10 grams of protein in every meal to ensure excellent health.
Getting enough of your protein intake can help balance your blood sugar levels and reduce insulin level. For more, protein helps control hormones that increase your appetite, so you can slim down naturally.
Some kind of high-protein foods you should add to your daily meal such as ricotta cheese, turkey, shellfish, skinless chicken, salmon and eggs.
Not getting enough sleep
Not getting enough sleep can increases your level of cortisol (stress hormone) and lead you to a sugar craving. To maintain normal level of cortisol and control your appetite, try to ensure to sleep about 7 – 9 hours a night.